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Africa Cup of Nations: Wahbi Khazri free-kick earns Tunisia a point against Mali

Tunisia players celebrate

Tunisia equalised 10 minutes after going behind in Suez.

Wahbi Khazri rescued a point for Tunisia against Mali in Suez as they boosted their chances of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations last 16.

His deflected free-kick earned a 1-1 draw that takes them second in Group E.

Mali had taken the lead when goalkeeper Mouez Hassen spilt Diadie Samassekou’s corner into his own net.

Tunisia play Mauritania in their final group game on Tuesday (20:00 BST) at the same venue, while Mali face Angola at the same time in Ismailia.

The Eagles of Carthage started brightly in the sweltering heat, and former Sunderland striker Khazri saw his well-struck free-kick clatter against the crossbar in the fourth minute.

Two minutes later, Khazri tried an audacious lob of Djigui Diarra from inside the centre-circle, but the Mali goalkeeper scrambled across to push the ball behind.

However, it was at the other end that the goalkeeping frailties were most evident as Hassen – one of three Tunisian changes – flapped at a cross in the first half before putting through his own net after the break.

Tunisia pulled level when Khazri’s set-piece took a wicked deflection. They move above Angola into the second automatic qualification spot.

Analysis

BBC Arabic’s Mohamed Qoutb

Mali looked fresher than Tunisia in midfield but their impressive pressing was not translated into a serious threat in the first half, while Tunisia lacked the pace that might have helped them score from one of their counter-attacks.

Aside from one second-half goal for each side, nothing much was produced as Mali tried to keep the ball in the Tunisian half to secure a draw that could be very useful for them to win the group, although Moussa Marega could have won it for the Eagles in the closing minutes.

This was another performance that confirmed the slow Tunisian start in the Africa Cup of Nations, and an ambitious Malian side showed once again they are a dangerous opponent, whoever they come up against.

Live Text

Match ends, Tunisia 1, Mali 1.

Second Half ends, Tunisia 1, Mali 1.

Hand ball by Adama Traore I (Mali).

Ayman Ben Mohamed (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Doumbia (Mali).

Corner, Mali. Conceded by Mouez Hassen.

Attempt saved. Moussa Marega (Mali) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diadie Samassekou.

Attempt missed. Moussa Marega (Mali) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Hamari Traoré with a cross.

Substitution, Mali. Adama Traoré II replaces Amadou Haidara.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Amadou Haidara (Mali).

Foul by Ayman Ben Mohamed (Tunisia).

Adama Traore I (Mali) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Tunisia. Ayman Ben Mohamed replaces Naim Sliti.

Attempt saved. Amadou Haidara (Mali) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adama Traore I.

Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amadou Haidara (Mali).

Substitution, Mali. Adama Traore I replaces Abdoulaye Diaby.

Corner, Mali. Conceded by Oussama Haddadi.

Firas Chaouat (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Molla Wagué (Mali).

Naim Sliti (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diadie Samassekou (Mali).

Substitution, Mali. Moussa Doumbia replaces Moussa Djenepo.

Attempt missed. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ellyes Skhiri.

Foul by Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

Youssouf Kone (Mali) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Tunisia 1, Mali 1. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Substitution, Tunisia. Firas Chaouat replaces Taha Khenissi.

Diadie Samassekou (Mali) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ellyes Skhiri (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diadie Samassekou (Mali).

Attempt blocked. Moussa Marega (Mali) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Moussa Djenepo (Mali) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ghilane Chaalali (Tunisia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ghilane Chaalali (Tunisia).

Amadou Haidara (Mali) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Moussa Djenepo (Mali).

Africa Cup of Nations: Wahbi Khazri free-kick earns Tunisia a point against Mali

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